Saturday, February 27, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
The Angel I figure I better print big because he's so cool. I didn't ask what he cost but I got the feeling that something like this is mucho peso.....We're off to another gallery and lucky for me its right next door to a wonderful little restraunt where I can sit while MP shops and have a....you got it, Pacifico. One thing all of us know that in Mexico you take your safety in your own hands. I mean you have uncovered manholes, balconies with no rails, curbs that can be anywhere from 3 inches to 3 feet so I was surprised to find this sign in the banos. Pretty darn nice of this guy to help you not crack your melon open while you're taking a leak.
So MP being the way she is we collect stuff for our friends, gifts. She buys things that she's never seen before and buys things she knows someone will like. Although dickering for a price is standard here today we just pay and smile and laugh. At one stop the women working the counter tells me all about the man from Alaska she met yesterday, he must have impressed her as she looked to make sure his number was still on the cell phone. Oh, and he was a fisherman...they're everywhere. We move on and have a nice lunch of soup and a cobb salad. Besides gifts we buy a couple pairs of shorts that everyone noticed when we dressed up for brunch today. We went to the pharmacy and what a deal, I got a 500 day supply of my blood pressure medicine for 10 bucks. You know you're settling into middle age when you're excited about getting a deal on meds.
On MP's pedometer we're up to 15000 steps. Its hot and sunny but I'm finally comfortable with none of that claustrophobic feeling some people get around the mercado. We walk back to catch the bus and buy a couple shrimpa tamales, my favorite. We're home a bit foot weary and flat broke so when I told our friends I had to sing for my drinks I wasn't kidding.....what do you want to hear?????
Thursday, February 18, 2010
This next pic just gives you an idea of the scene. Some of these floats are huge. They must be 30 feet high and have 2 or 3 honda generators powering the lights and music. Most are towed by airport pusher vehicles or huge diesel tractors. Each float has its own music, mucho loud but its amazing that for the few minutes that its right in front you only hear theirs.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Our spa is the Aroma spa. What they may lack lack in organization they make up with in quirkyness. This place is out of control. The lobby (which is being generous) is full of folk art. Puffer fish and whale bones, glass fish and fake birds, pieces of wood that look like people and just about anything you can imagine. Valentines day seems to be an especialey big deal here and the spa was certainly decorated for that. These 2 pics are the outside and then the room where MP and I had the 'couples massage'. As I routinely say here, " I left with a feeling of well being and contentment".
Friday, February 5, 2010
Don't think thats the same fish, I know it looks identical. But. The next day we have the fever bad, in fact I think my newest fishing team member Tony is the only guy I've ever met with more passion than me. Thats cool. This fish was way different. We fished and fished when all of a sudden the birds show up signaling a school of Toro chasing sardines. I changed to my metal lure to catch a Toro and so did Tony and we caught a couple but we both agreed something was weird as we were seeing big splashes. So I put the Ranger back on and watched this fish crash the bait at the very extent of my cast. I burn the Ranger in fast and even though I see him chasing I have to keep reeling so he doesn't get a good look. A couple times I felt him bite and just not get then hook and finally after what seemed like a decade he bit hard. I mean HARD. Tony snapped the shots and we went back to the buiding where we are slowly but surely creating a Rooster Hunters INC. Just the other day me , Slah and Ernesto ( I'll get a pic of my buddy Ernie soon, he's lean , mean..well , you know the rest) were out at Black Rock hoping for Corvina. Those darn things just don't seem to be around and we cast our butts off for several hours just to make sure. The surf is kind of big and the beach steep so the 'surfcasters dance' is alot . In fact the waves aren't bad as you see them but the one that will knock you down is when its gone past and hits you from behind. And low and behold, just a few feet from me the surf threw me this little guy. No hook, no net, just plain simple moe-joe, a favor from the fish boss. I know it wasn't much but it was way more than anybody else did so for the first time this year I got the silver star on my report card. I crushed em. In the backgorund of this pic you 'll see a pneaumatico going off to work. Hard working men those guys.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
We stopped at El SAlto lodge and one of the first treasures we encountered was this boat. For me it was reminiscent of my first boat that I kinda borrowed from Woody, the Edmund Fitzminnow. This boat I have to assume was in the bone yard but just about anythings possible around here. The next treasure were these wonderful ' Royal Limons' that were ripe and growing. Now I don't know exactly what a Royal Lime is but its gotta be the biggest lemon you've ever seen...like a Royal Bull Elk eh? Being a northerner my whole life I'm always amazed at the sight of fruit growing....I mean it just hangs from the tree...and its everywhere.
Then we go for lunch to what I think is a pretty famous fishing lodge called Billy Chapmans Anglers Inn. Unbelieveable service here, in fact the staff has shirts that say exactky that and they're right. For 250 pesos each we had chicken lunch with a real treat, fresh veggies. All the pacifico you can drink and quacomole that was to die for. This and the conversation of Tony, Bill and John the lodges P.R. director made for a great hour or so. We laughed a bunch. This other pic is of the lake from the lodge. Although it rained here the other day it is the dry season and the lake is low while water is drawn out for irrigation. We also came across this Bouganvilla plant or tree. Its the biggest any of us had seen and had to have its picture taken. So thats MP and Tony adding to this treasure.